DATA POWER 2017
A two-day, international conference organized by Carleton and Sheffield universities.
Dates: 22nd & 23rd June 2017
Venue: School of Journalism & Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Submission deadline: Friday 27th January 2017
Call for abstracts/proposals
Increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, data are constituted through converging technologies and practices such as the internet of things, smart cities, drones and precision agriculture; global finance, credit scoring and data brokerage firms; surveillance, predictive policing and customer relation management systems, to name a few. Data are also generated by and flow through applications, software, platforms, and infrastructures that reshape how we play, work, eat, socialise, see ourselves, and know the world. In an era of data power, data have become agentic, especially when input into black-boxed algorithms and systems whose outputs are used to profile and sort us, influence the political economy, and for purposes for which no consent was given. Is this a 'fait accompli'?
To answer this question, the Data Power 2017 conference asks: How can we reclaim some form of data-based power and autonomy, and advance data-based technological citizenship, while living in regimes of data power? Is it possible to regain agency and mobilize data for the common good? To do so, which theories help to interrogate and make sense of the operations of data power? What kind of design frameworks are needed to build and deploy data-based technologies with values and ethics that are equitable and fair? How can big data be mobilized to improve how we live, beyond notions of efficiency and innovation?
This conference follows the successful Data Power 2015 Conference held
in the UK and creates a space to reflect on these and other critical
issues relating to data’s ever more ubiquitous power.
To date, the following keynote speakers and commentators on data power have been confirmed:
Papers and session/panel proposals are invited on the following - and other relevant - topics:
· The political economy of data
· Data and journalism
· Theorizing data
· The politics of data visualization
· Data labour
· The social life of data and data-driven methods
· The politics of open and linked data
· Data-driven governance, surveillance and control
· Data, discrimination and inequality
· Social, ethical and legal issues
· Data citizens
· Data activism, citizen engagement and advocacy
· Data, genealogy and power
· Data power and violence
· Critical cultural and feminist approaches to data
· Resistance, agency and appropriation.
The Data Power Conference team
Tracey, Helen, Jo, Ganaele, Ysabel & Merlyna
Tracey P. Lauriault & Merlyna Lim, Carleton University, Canada
Helen Kennedy & Jo Bates, University of Sheffield, UK
Ganaele Langlois, York University, Canada
Ysabel Gerrard, University of Leeds, UK
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